Behind Shawn Szydlowski’s goal and Ramis Sadikov’s three saves in the shootout, the Otters secured a 3-2 win against Mississauga St. Michael’s in front of 2,515 at Tullio Arena Thursday night.
The Otters (23-20-1-1) swept the two-game season series with the Eastern Conference-leading Majors (33-7-0-2) – both in shootouts. The Otters also won 2-1 in Mississauga Nov. 7.
The Majors jumped on the sluggish Otters early, as Devante Smith-Pelly scored his 23rd goal of the season 2:33 into the opening period. Then with 7:04 left in the period, Derek Schoenmakers deflected Brett Flemming’s shot from the point past Sadikov for a 2-0 Majors’ lead.
In between, the Otters squandered the first four power plays of the game. But Brett Thompson’s second goal as an Otter and 27th of the season sliced the Majors’ lead in half at 2-1 with 2:58 left in the period.
Then 6:57 into the second period, Phil Varone turned Shawn Szydlowski’s pinpoint cross-ice pass into the tying goal. Meanwhile, Sadikov stopped all 14 shots in the period to send the game to the third tied.
These teams remained tied through the third and overtime. But Szydlowski scored on the Otters’ second shootout attempt. Then Sadikov sealed their third straight win by poke-checking the puck away from Casey Cizikas. The Otters are three games above .500 for the first time this season.
- Victor Fernandes
Otters 3, Majors 2 (SO)
Mississauga 2 0 0 0 0 — 2
Erie 1 1 0 0 1 — 3
1st Period — 1. Mississauga, Devante Smith-Pelly 23 (DeSousa, Cizikas), 2:33. 2. Mississauga, Derek Schoenmakers 6 (Flemming, Brace), 12:56. 3. Erie, Brett Thompson 27 (Holden, Cazzola), 17:02. Penalties — DeMelo (M) delay of game, 4:07; Flemming (M) interference, 6:54; Kitsyn (M) tripping, 9:11; 14:07; Flick (M) roughing, 14:07; Appio (E) 5-min. fighting, 14:07; Flick (M) 5-min. fighting, 14:07; Luciani (E) checking to the head, 17:56.
2nd Period — 4. Erie, Phil Varone 19 (Szydlowski, Austin), 6:57. Penalties — Cazzola (E) high sticking, 2:17; McGuire (E) 4-min. roughing, 15:32; DeMelo (M) 4-min. roughing, 15:32.
3rd Period — None. Penalties — Shugg (M) checking from behind, 8:03; Appio (E) hooking, 18:16.
Overtime — None. Penalties — None.
Shootout — Varone (E) no goal; Shugg (M) no goal; Szydlowski (E) goal; Kitsyn (M) no goal; Luciani (E) no goal; Cizikas (M) no goal.
Shots on goal — Mississauga, 12-14-9-4-0—38; Erie, 13-7-6-4-1—31.
Goaltenders — Mississauga, J.P. Anderson 22-5-0-1 (30 shots, 28 saves); Erie, Ramis Sadikov 23-14-1-1 (38 shots, 36 saves).
Power plays — Mississauga (0-3), Erie (0-5).
Referees — Craig Spada, Ben Wilson. Linesmen — Fraser McIntire, Ray King.
Attendance — 2,515.
* Ramis Sadikov, Otters (36 saves – 3 SO) ** Phil Varone, Otters (goal) *** Shawn Szydlowski, Otters (GW shootout goal)